Sunday, January 26, 2014

Seeing Mycena

One of the nice things about living in Oregon is the amazing variety of fungi you can find here. 

 A walk in the woods is never without spotting a few mushrooms.

 Right now there seems to be an abundance of these little Mycena.


Which is a good excuse for a walk in the woods.


These photos were taken at Tualatin Hills Nature Park. 


Friday, January 3, 2014

A Menacing Mansion?

Portland and the surrounding areas have really nice parks. I've tried to check out a few of them. In October I went to see Laurelhurst Park. But I was distracted by all these trucks parked around it.


Strangely there were these tall lights that once again I accidentally came across. So I walked to the street and around the corner and saw this. 

An amazing mansion so large it dwarfed the Grimm crew that was filming there. I said to a crew member that it must look really nice inside. He said it did but since it had been empty for a number of years there was dust and mold. My curiosity about the building was piqued. What was this place and why wasn't it being used for something if not lived in?

Since there were a lot of people around that day I did not want to take many photos. I went back in December to get a better look at what is the Bitar Mansion.

The gate around the entrance is impressive. The bronzed gate has decorative peacocks which are used as a motif in the house.

The house was built in 1927 and is also known as the Harry A. and Ada Green house. The architect was Herman Brookman who designed other well known buildings in the area. It has 17 rooms including a ball room and is 12,000 square feet.

The house was then bought in 1951 by Robert and Mable Bitar. In 2006 it was purchased by a new family but there were issues and the family abandoned the house in 2010 and it sold the next year. That bit of history is rather interesting but I will leave it to the readers to look it up if they want.

Tonight we get a peak inside during the "Red Menace" Grimm episode. I'm looking forward to it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment especially if you are a Grimm fan. I know the posts are being checked out but since there aren't many comments I may not do many more posts related to Grimm. I would appreciate hearing from you the reader!


Friday, December 13, 2013

It's a rather Grimm Christmas


You know something odd is happening when in the middle of October a place, O'Bryant Square, that normally looks like this

looks like this. Who could be responsible for this? 

Rather festive when we had not even reached Halloween. All for Grimm. Sadly they were very late in starting filming the next night so I did not get a chance to see everything lit up.

However a few days later back up in the North West corner of the Alphabet District those sneaky Grimm elves were at it again. Although we are in Oregon and I am sure somewhere you could buy a Christmas Tree in October.

 Stores were decorated with care.

 In hopes that Krampus would soon be there.

So I will end this with the disclaimer that there is no Northwest Christmas Village in Portland except when Grimm makes it so. Still, it was rather entertaining to see all this.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Like a ghost in the sky


Still working to see what will look best. For now, here is the other volcano we can see from Portland, Oregon. Mt. St. Helens. Impressive now but before it must have looked massive from the tram station at OHSU before it erupted in 1980.





Monday, December 9, 2013

Mt. Hood before the freeze


I'm trying to figure out what to do with photos for blogging. Flickr definitely has nice quality with the photos I put on-line but the fact they keep changing things with no regard to what users want is exhausting. People shouldn't have to worry about what a website is going to do.

So this is a bit of a test. I would appreciate comments as to which of these two photos you see as better quality. They are both the same just hosted two different ways through Google. I do see a difference with my monitor but I'd like to know if others see it too.


As for the photo, I was up at OHSU, the medical complex up on Marquam Hill the other day. There is a tram that one can take down to the Willamette River. It was my first time there so I wanted to take a look from the tram station. The view is amazing. I could see both Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. So here is Mt. Hood as the sun was setting. The brown haze is due to people burning leaves and other debris.

Please leave a comment as to if you see any differences in the photos and what that might be. Thank you very much for participating!

Friday, December 6, 2013

First you see it

I was out back in September when I came across someone putting notices on this very nice looking church.

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The church is St. James Lutheran Church.

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It's located at the South Park Blocks right by the Portland Art Museum.

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The building was designed by Phillip Chappell Browne and the original stone was carved from Tenino sandstone around 1900.

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The Povey Brothers created a couple of the large stain glass windows while others including lancet windows by Bryce Anderson were added later. The reason for some of the revisions was because the tower had structural damage and was rebuilt from the top of the first floor up in the 1970's.

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So just what was this notice about?

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This. Filming for the Grimm episode "Stories We Tell Our Young".

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As you can see they covered up a good deal of the church for filming inside.

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Parked around the corner was the Dodge Challenger waiting for filming later that night.

Here is a webpage where I found information about the church. St. James PDX Architectural History
Also photos inside the church. The inside will be seen in the episode.  St. James PDX architectural detail photo gallery

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Alphabet District and the Multnomah Medical Examiner

It was hard to come up with something for this new Grimm episode "El Cucay". I do know parts were filmed in NW Portland, also known as the Alphabet District.

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This is a good indication there will be some kind of police action filmed.

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For a couple days back in August Grimm's crews took over the area near Thurman and 25th Ave. Wondering what is at the other end of this?

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Really big lights.

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A bit of the action centered around the Thurman Mart. Which was renamed and decorated with graffiti just for the show. The neighborhood here is actually pretty nice.

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I know this is boring so I thought I would add something that is not too far from this location. Something that isn't what it appears to be.

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A building with rather permanent looking signage for the Multnomah County Medical Examiner. Except it isn't.

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Actually the Multnomah County Medical Examiner is down on SW 190th Ave. in Portland. This building is the one used for the outside of Grimm's version. Unlike the police stickers that have been removed now from the Customs House, this building still graces it's Grimm marker. Previously this was the American Can Building where tin cans were made. The exterior makes occasional appearances during the show.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Livin' on the River

Actually it's the Multnomah Channel which flows along Sauvie Island.

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To get there from Portland you drive US. Route 30 heading towards Sauvie Island Bridge.

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Once past the Portland Industrial District (which has a couple cool places to check out and a very interesting history) and a little north you will find people who decided to live on the water. With all the rivers in Oregon it's not surprising there are houseboats in many places. However this area has a very nice view of Sauvie Island.

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I would have more photos but it's not easy taking photos of these from land. Would have been a nice day for a sail if I had a boat.

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So that is why this Grimm locations post is rather short. Sorry no photos of the specific houseboat from tonight's episode. But then it's safer not to bother the naiads there.

Friday, November 8, 2013

It wasn't Grimm in the Gorge today

In fact it was a pretty nice day to be there even though it was cloudy.

Multnomah Falls 11-8-13

I have a rare visitor for the last couple of weeks so that is a priority over posting. Next week I hope to have something a little more than just a photo of the Multnomah Falls. Which was the setting for the end of "Lonely Hearts", episode 4 of the first season of Grimm.

If you would like to see a larger version of the photo just click on it and it will take you to the photo on Flickr.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Portland's US Customs House

Once again it's Friday and the return of the television show Grimm. So I'm going to get back to showing a few places that turn up as part of the world of Grimm. Since it's the season three premier tonight I thought I would start off with a building that is probably one of the most filmed in Portland, Oregon. The US Customs House.

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US Customs in Portland was originally located in what is now known as the Pioneer Courthouse. However more room was needed as Portland was growing as a port city so construction began in 1898 and finished in 1901 of the new US Customs House Building.

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It's an imposing design based on English Renaissance architecture. Architect Edgar M. Lazarus, known for other works in Oregon like Vista House, oversaw the building. If you watch Grimm you might be familiar with these arches. Because this is used as the entrance of the Police Department. Remember when Adalind Schade reluctantly left the jail only to run into Captain Renard?

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The building has been undergoing restoration and now is leasing offices. Which is why the blue lift was there. The interior of the police department used for Grimm is actually based on another building located in the St. Johns neighborhood. There may be a few shots in the Grimm pilot of the interior of the Customs House.

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It's worth it to take a walk around the building. There are many interesting details.

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Another angle of the arches. I took photos on two different days. First in March and then after Grimm filming wrapped in May. Because I wanted to see something.

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Even though they were remodeling and actively looking for tenants, the doors still had the Portland Police stickers on them. So I was pretty sure Grimm would be renewed for a third season. Glad the doors were right.

The Portland US Customs House is located at 220 NW 8th Avenue, across from the North Park Blocks.